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Pruitt, Earle E., 1902-1955


"Earle E. Pruitt, a prominent Louisville African American was employed as a Pullman car porter for the Louisville & Nashville Railroad for many years. He also graduated from Simmon's University Law Department with an L.L.B. in 1931 and took additional classes at Louisville Municipal College in 1934 and 1935. During the 1930s and 1940s Pruitt was active in several local charitable causes, including the War Fund, the Red Cross, and the March of Dimes. In the late 1930s Pruitt became manager of Beecher Terrace for the Louisville Municipal Housing Commission. He then went to work for the United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration (UNRRA) in 1944, traveling to Great Britain, France, and Germany as part of his duties. In 1945 he returned to work for the housing commission in Louisville. Pruitt was appointed by the governor to serve on the Colored Welfare Board (1937); The Veterans Reemployment Rights Committee (1949), and the Board of Regents for Kentucky State College (1952), the Governor's Commission on Education Desegregation, and the Advisory Commission on the Division of Library Extension. In 1956 he was awarded an honorary L.L.D. from Monrovia (Liberia) College and Industrial Institute." --from University of Louisville Archives and Records Center Manuscripts collections

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